Friday, January 2, 2015

Costa Rica... on the phone

© 2015 Dan Denardo Photography

Not long ago, I had a bad attitude about mobile phone photography. Then two things happened.

1. I attended a photography conference in NYC in October. One of my favorite American Photographers, Dan Winters, was speaking to a couple hundred photographers when he launched into talking about his iPhone photography. He was all about it. He still loved his conventional photography, but this was a new twist for him. In the blink of an eye, I felt as though I was out-to-lunch, which I *was*.

2. On a recent trip to Costa Rica, a friend of mine challenged me to only use my iPhone and to leave my "pro" camera behind. He challenged me to make ten iPhone photos in one day. If fact, I far exceeded ten, by 4x. I had a blast. It was the most fun I'd had with a camera in as long as I can remember.

I had to work hard to come up with good compositions. In retrospect, I'm wondering why I have not worked quite so hard to come up with great compositions with my pro cameras.  Lesson learned.

As Dorothea Lange once said, "The camera is an instrument that teaches one to see without a camera."

As does the iPhone.